The oldest known banded Laysan albatross, named Wisdom, has captured the limelight once again. At age 63 she has just laid another egg and is preparing to be a mother once again. Wisdom has captivated audiences around the world, standing as a hero, a survivor, a sparkle of hope. She has been on TV, has her own children’s book, even her own Facebook page.
Albatrosses are monogamous and mate for life, laying only one egg per year. It is estimated that Wisdom has hatched about 36 chicks since she was banded in 1956.
Wisdom calls the Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge in Papahānaumokuākea home, always nesting within a few feet of her previous nest but she has logged over 3.2 million miles of flight.
Visit her Facebook, learn more about her, and read about her in the newest Hana Hou magazine on Hawaiian Airlines.
Give a holiday gift that will keep on giving… for generations and generations to come. Paepae o Heʻeia has launched their campaign to raise funds & volunteer hours to repair a hole in the kuapā that has caused the fishpond to be unusable for successful traditional aquaculture for almost 50 years. #panikapuka
Community based management is nothing new, communities throughout Hawaiʻi and around the world have been mālama-ing their resources long before legal regulations and the existing lack of resources. Since the dissolution of the konohiki system, much of our resources have become sparse and governmental enforcement has not shown to be efficient in protecting the remaining resources. Communities around the state have continued to care for their own resources over the years and several have been seeking a community based subsistence fishing area (CBSFA) designation. Most recently with the designation of the Hāʻena CBSFA and the approval of their proposed rules package, community based management has been gaining recognition and movement but this process does not occur over night. It took Hāʻena over 10 years to get to where they are today but they are not alone. Moʻomomi on Molokaʻi and Miloliʻi on Hawaiʻi island have been putting in man hours for over 20 years, since the initial CBSFA legislation and it is undoubtedly paying off.
Who doesn’t enjoy looking at marine mammals, Hawaiian Monk Seals being one of the cutest. But don’t forget, they need their space too and can be dangerous. Just a friendly reminder to keep your distance and keep your pets on a leash. If you see a monk seal entangled in fishing line and/or net or you are out fishing and hook a seal, don’t fret, call the NOAA hotline at 1-888-256-9840 and await their guidance. The Hawaiian Monk Seal is endemic to Hawai’i and is one of the most endangered species in the world, lets work together to keep their population growing and their pups thriving.
Coral reefs are undoubtedly suffering from the effects of global warming but the story might not be as sad as expected. BBC recently published an article telling the story of coral reefs throughout the Pacific bouncing back to life after a massive heatwave in 1998. It had previously been predicted that it would take the corals 100 years to make a full recovery, but a mere 15 years later and it seems that the reefs are back in action.
For the full story click here to visit BBC’s website.
As many of you may know, there is an on going war in Kāneʻohe Bay, a war against invasive algae species, Kappaphycus alvarezii & Eucheuma spp. While TNC’s Supersucker operation is designed to remove the algae in large sums, it is nearly impossible for the crew to remove every piece of algae; a detrimental feat since these two algae species reproduce by fragmentation.
Luckily, over the past years, it was discovered that a native species of sea urchin loves to munch on this smothering algae. Tripneustes gratilla, or collector urchins, are outplanted in areas after the Supersucker has came through and removed the algae to a level in which these “tiny cows of the reef” can come and graze away, just as cows do in pastures of grass. This keeps the algae at a maintainable level, a level to which it wonʻt grow back at an unmanageable rate. These little treasures are grown from wild collected gametes at the Anuenue Fishery Research Center (AFRC), a state run facility operated by the Division of Aquatic Resources, where they are grown to about the size of a dime before taken and released on patch reefs in Kāneʻohe Bay. Once a week, a group of TNC staff members volunteers at the urchin hatchery, sorting the toddler urchins by size and cleaning the urchin condos they live in.
Everyone loves algae right? We (& the fishes) love to eat it, it makes our poke that much more ono, its used in medications and even cosmetics, and most importantly it provides oxygen, via photosynthesis.
Cloud Collective, a firm in Europe, has taken the love of algae to a whole new level and has put it to a practical use in the fight against urban carbon dioxide levels.
They have constructed a suspended algae farm above a highway in Switzerland. This algae farm is designed to capitalize on the algae’s naturally occurring photosynthetic process; the algae thrives on the abundance of sunlight and carbon dioxide produced by the traffic, filtering the air and releasing oxygen along the way. The algae can then be extracted and used to produce fuel, electricity and even in foods.
What do you say? We say this is just what Honolulu needs!!!
To learn more about this project and their other innovations visit Cloud Collective’s website.